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Old 10-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #1 
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Really high nitrite!!

So, I just tested my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate to monitor my cycle. Ammonia dropped from 1 ppm to .50 ppm, but nitrite has skyrocketed. It's way darker than the highest option on my color chart! (For anyone who has the API master test kit, it is like royal purple). Nitrate isn't even detectable; there was no color change whatsoever. Is this level of nitrite dangerous or is this all a normal part of cycling?
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 
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I am confused.. Is there a fish in there or are you just cycling? If there is a fish and the nitrite is off the chart that is definitely not good. You should do an immediate water change to try to get it down. Your ammonia goal should also be 0. However if you are cycling, I'm not exactly sure what that would mean...
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Yes there is a fish in there. And yes, I am still cycling.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #4 
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I never had my nitrite get that high when I did my fish in cycle but I had lots of plants that helped soak it up. You should do a water change and get it down, I would try 1 50 percent change and check it again in a couple of hours and if its still high you could do like a 25 percent water change and see check again. Is this a fish in cycle or a fishless one ? How long has your tank been cycling ? Okay never mind I see you do have a fish in the tank so do a water change now okay and bring that down. What what conditioner do you use ?
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It's a fish in cycle and I've been cycling for about 2 weeks.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:33 PM   #6 
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Definitely do a water change ASAP. Hopefully, it will go down and the little fishie will be alright.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #7 
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I did a 50% water change. I am going to test it again shortly and I will continue to perform daily water changes as necessary. I just got this little guy a couple weeks ago after my last betta passed away so I really want to keep him nice and healthy.

Also, someone asked earlier and I just saw--I use stress coat water conditoner
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:40 PM   #8 
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If you want, you can try Seachem Prime conditioner; that conditioner I think can absorb nitrates and maybe nitrites for 24hrs. It's very concentrated which is pretty useful and lasts a long time. Stress Coat is prefectly fine though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:46 PM   #9 
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I just tested again about a hour and 15 mins after the water change and it's down to around 2 ppm. Still a little high, but a significant improvement. I will keep testing daily for the next few days until I get it stable.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:40 AM   #10 
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2ppm is highly toxic. keep changing out the water with 50% until you get t down <0.5
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